Report of the ICA Commission on Planetary Cartography meeting at ICC2017 Washington
Chair: H. Hargitai
The meeting had 12+1 participants. The sessions included 7 planetary talks (plus two in the pre-conference workshop) and 4 posters.
We discussed the commission projects, including the children’s maps, EPO apps and projects, nomenclature issues and databases.
It was stated that the basic goal of the commission is not to resolve science questions but to facilitate visibility of planetary datasets for the terrestrial cartographers and produce EPO materials for students.
M. Pitura volunteered to further develop the commission’s WordPress website.
We agreed that the commission website will feature a “toolbox” for planetary EPO that will include the tools we presented during the meeting, including the desciption of enhanced ePub, game/city engine etc.
A. Nass talked about the need for a publication that helps mappers in planetary feature identification in images.
A. Jasper talked about the problems of nested placenames, and designation of subsurface features identified on radar data.
For the childrens maps, we talked about the need of better targeting age groups and defining the exact ways the map wants to engage readers and how the map could relate to the reader’s experience.
We agreed that a planetary map reading test will be made to find the best ways to depict an extraterrestrial surface that is understood by the readers. Placenames are important on a planetary map because they may be the only parts of the map that is relatable, i.e. has some familiarity to the map reader.
In future publications we will experiment with maps designed in familiar scales, i.e. city map, country map, continent map scales – increasing relatability.
We have discussed the possibilities of coordinated activities between our commission and the IAU Commission on Cartographic Coordinates & Rotational Elements.
We have discusses the possibility of new commission projects:
– Open Planetary, an open source user interface to interact with Mars map, the “Martian open street map”
– Automated extraction of areas of interest of research papers
– enhanced ePub applications
– real life location based applications designed for Mars (etc) maps for smartphones
– creative identification of any point on a planet’s surface, that can be used by virtual explorers to identify their current location, and address or “three words”
– development of detailed astronomy club educational activities based on planetary cartographic products or the production of planetary maps
– new approaches to map styles, e.g. mapbox
– promote the inclusion of maps in astronomy apps like “Planets”
– Promote the inclusion of planetary maps in Atlases, with a good example the Swiss World Atlas
– verbal comparative description of an area to known units on earth (this place on Mars is 10 Spains)
– triggered by a talk by J. Reyes, we could develop a Mars Atlas based on the design of the School atlases of M. Kogutowicz.
There is no decision on next year’s meeting but it could be in Central Europe.
We have agreed that in Tokyo, a new chair has to be appointed.
Comments, ideas, projects from You? Send it to hhargitai @ gmail.com.
Thursday, July 6, 2017
12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
2:50 PM – 3:10 PM
6609.1 – Hargitai, Gede / Conventions of designating unnamed planetary surface features
3:10 PM – 3:30 PM
3:30 PM – 3:50 PM
4:10 PM – 4:30 PM
4:30 PM – 4:50 PM
4:50 PM – 5:10 PM
5:10 PM – 5:30 PM
Wednesday, July 5, 2017
Location: Exhibit Hall C
9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
3:50 PM – 6:50 PM
Lakshmikanth / Map of Mawrth Vallis for the Manned Missions to Mars
Hargitai / Mars Exploration Zone Map Design Competition
- Kokhanov / Zharkova / Lazareva / Karachevsteva / New results of GIS-Mapping of terrestrial Planets and its Satellites
Hargitai / Geologic mapping of the Navua Valles
Location: Maryland B4:10 PM – 4:30 PM
- 5707.1 – Nyrtsov / Savric / Conic projections of the triaxial ellipsoid: The projections for regional mapping of celestial bodies.
Monday, July 3, 2017
We visited the Air and Space Museum with the guidance of Jim Zimbelman.
Saturday, July 1, 2017
Location: Marriott Wardman Park: Virginia A8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
10:00 A.M. – Opening Session:
Welcome speech: Pilar Sánchez-Ortiz Rodríguez – Vice-President and member of ICA Executive Committee
– Carla Cristina R. G. de Sena (Brazil), Chair, Commission on Cartography and Children and
– Henrik Hargitai (Hungary), Chair, Commission on Planetary Cartography
10:30 A.M. Session 1: Oral presentations
Map of Mawrth Vallis for the Manned Missions to Mars – Sujit Lakshmikanth (USA)
Other planetary maps on display:
- Is there life on Mars map of Ken Field
- Swiss World Atlas Moon map